***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***
Tues, March 14, 2017
Grab bag of actions today! Make some CALLS!
1. MAKE PHONECALLS FOR HEALTHCARE!
Two options for making phonecalls to different states in support of saving the ACA!
This #ACTION comes from Hannah Burton Laurison—it's a great way for those who want to make some calls to support the ACA, especially in the wake of yesterday's report from the CBO, showing just how many Americans will be uninsured if the ACA "replacement" goes through. This is a great CONCRETE action: Two of Pennsylvania's Congressmen (and they are ALL men) are on the fence about ACA repeal. Are you available to make phone calls to their constituents to urge them to call their MoC and speak out about why ACA matters? Pennsylvania Health Access Network. a phenomenal statewide healthcare advocacy org is doing phonebank trainings TODAY (Tues) and TOMORROW (Wed) (more to come later in the week). 30 minutes to get trained and then you are good to go. Once you've gone through the training, you can set up your own phonebank, so if any of you are hosting this weekend and want to show PA some love, we'd be eternally grateful.
Another #ACTION: Join the California Calvary virtual phonebanking effort. Go here and follow instructions for making calls from home: http://californiacavalry.org/rebuild-the-hope-phone-banks/
If you're in the Bay Area, there are ones you can join in person. You can also host your own phonebank! http://californiacavalry.org/
2. STEVE KING FROM IOWA IS A HORRIBLE RACIST
Congressman Steve King of Iowa is a thoroughly documented racist. A few days ago he wrote a tweet in praise of Geert Wilders, the hypernationalist, far-right, anti-Muslim, xenophobic and anti-EU candidate (aka the "Dutch Trump") who is running a close race in the Netherlands.* It read, in part: “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies” He then went on a media blitz to defend it. He was praised by both the white supremacist David Duke and The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website.
King is a pretty terrible ultra-conservative who has made MANY inflammatory statements—so this is nothing new. However, it comes at this moment of increasing white nationalism—and resulting acts of violence and terrorism across the country (including the murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas; the threats and attacks against synagogues and JCCs; the shooting of a Sikh man in Kent, Washington; and many more). And we need to call it out. The guy is desperate for attention—so let's give him some.
#ACTION Call his offices.
"Hi, I'm calling because Steve King's racist statements are dangerous, unAmerican, and unacceptable. His comment on twitter, and his subsequent comments in multiple interviews, play into dangerous sentiments of white supremacy that are the root cause of domestic terrorist attacks, like the murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotl in your nearby state of Kansas. Please let Mr. King know that his sentiments are unacceptable. Also, I'm very sorry that you have to work for someone who is this full of hate for so many of his fellow Americans."
*The Netherlands election is Wednesday, and we should all pay attention—it precedes elections in France and Germany that are also seeing these swells of "populist" "nationalist" (aka racist, xenophobic) movements, and is being seen as a potential indicator of how those races could go.
3. TEXAS STATE REP JESSICA FARRAR IS TROLLING THE GOP WITH HER BILL ABOUT JERKING OFF
...And we should thank her. "A bill introduced in the Texas House of Representatives on Friday [March 10] would fine men for masturbating, allow doctors to refuse to prescribe Viagra and require men to undergo a medically unnecessary rectal exam before any elective vasectomy. State Rep. Jessica Farrar, who introduced the bill, tells The Texas Tribune she knows the satirical legislation will never be passed. But she hopes it will start a conversation about abortion restrictions. The measure turns the language of abortion laws against men."
YES JESSICA YES!
#ACTION Call her offices to thank her!
"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ to thank Representative Farrar for her efforts to bring attention to abortion rights and unfair attempts to legislate women's bodies. Her satirical bill is fantastic! Thank you!"